If it wasn’t a school record for rebounding at an Aitkin Gobbler boys’ basketball game, it was at least one of the best. The Gobblers grabbed 52 rebounds, 20 on offense and 32 on defense, while limiting Braham to 25. Although the game was close with the home team leading 21-17 at halftime, the Gobblers’ defense took over during the second half for a 52-33 win.
Manny Ukutegbe and Kade Hopperstad both had double doubles; Ukutegbe scored 17 points and garnered 21 rebounds while Hopperstad chipped in 15 points and 10 boards.
It was a slow start for the Gobblers who trailed 7-4 after eight minutes of action. Hopperstad’s trey tied the score at seven, but Braham regained the lead until Hunter Nissen knocked down a 3-point basket for a 16-14 Aitkin lead with three minutes left in the opening period.
Aitkin kicked off the second half with a 9-2 run fueled by a Logan Gabrio steal and a Hopperstad offensive rebound. The Bombers would get no closer en route to a 19-point win.
In addition to Ukutegbe’s and Hopperstad’s solid performances, Nissen added 8 points; Owen Hagen 6; Gabrio, Jon Blanchette and Zack MacDonald had 2 points each.
Braham 17 16 - 33
Aitkin 21 31 – 52
JV WINS BIG
Aitkin’s junior varsity defeated Braham 59-30. Gus Sanford led the way with 16 points; Alex Palm added 11; Micah Lane 9; and Austin Price 6. Zack MacDonald, James Much and Anton Roetelle had 4 points each; Craig Visnovec 3 and Cody Trotter 2.